Devotions based on David Benner’s book, Opening to God

It can be said that prayer is conversation, it is communion with God, it is being in love with God, it is God’s action in us.

In conversational prayer our relationship with Him is strengthened as we speak to Him throughout the day.  We are reminded that He is with us no matter where we are or what we are doing. But prayer is more than communication or mental activity for we can be praying to Him without speaking or consciously thinking of Him. Prayer is communion which is more intimate than conversation. It involves union in this present moment and has power to transform us from the inside out.  We don’t need to be talking but can simply BE with God. Communion with God leads to a deeper knowing of God’s love for us and our love for Him. “In essence, prayer is being with the Beloved.”  The more we are grounded in God’s love, the more prayer begins to flow from our hearts, not just our minds. Prayer is also God’s action in us.  Our part is to let His love transform our hearts, so it will flow out of us as a natural response. Let us make space for God with attentiveness and openness and not settle for anything less than knowing God in love.